Law School Success

Get the Tools You Need to Succeed in Law School

As you’re preparing for the first year of law school, you may be wondering what to expect and how you can prepare for what’s next.

Designed for incoming first-year law students, Law School Success will teach you to think like a lawyer and provide guidance at the onset of your legal education journey. Taught by law school professors from across the country who specialize in academic skill building and have extensive experience working with 1L students, the program will prepare you in areas such as reading and understanding a rule of law, participating in Socratic dialogue, logical reasoning, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to begin professional development to build the business knowledge that will help you get ready to compete in today’s legal landscape.

Cost: $59 for a one-year subscription 

Law School Success includes: Legal Analysis Boot Camp, Law School: What You Really Need to Know, Becoming an Expert Learner, Modern Law Practice Certification, and Law School Unmasked™ On Demand

  • Guidance from the experts
  • Practice opportunities
  • Interactive learning modules
  • Live Q&A with law school faculty

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Law School: What You Really Need to Know

It is often said that your first semester of law school is like “drinking from a firehose.” You are there to learn the black letter law, but you are also there to raise your learning game. In this program, you will be able to take more in-depth and interactive modules on key academic skills like reading and briefing cases, participating in class, taking notes, outlining, and preparing for your law school exams.

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Welcome to Law School: What You Really Need to Know

Monday, August 15, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

Law school is about to begin, so knowing what’s coming and how to manage your time is more important than ever! Susannah Pollvogt and Melissa Hale will talk about what to expect in your first semester of law school, as well as planning when to do what. This session will be recorded.

Presenters: Susannah Pollvogt – LSAC; Melissa Hale – LSAC

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The Judicial System and Sources of Law

What is the difference between a trial court and an appellate court? How do state and federal courts interact? Where does law come from and what is the difference between a case and a statute? Learn the various sources of law, as well as an introduction to the judicial system and why that’s important.

Presenter: Ashley London – Duquesne School of Law

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Belonging in Law School

Many law students—especially first-generation law students—are uncertain whether they truly “belong” in law school. It’s important to realize you are not alone in feeling this way, and that these feelings can be overcome with connection and community. Hear from three faculty members about why students sometimes feel they don’t belong and techniques for addressing those feelings.

Presenters: Emily Grant – Washburn University School of Law; Kirk Walter – Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Russell McClain – University of Maryland Carey School of Law

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Belonging in Law School

Monday, August 22, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

Join Kirk Walter, Russell McClain and Emily Grant and their students for a Q&A on belonging in law school. This session will be recorded.

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Advanced Case Briefing

Take a deeper dive into how to read cases, and how to brief them. This will help you prepare better for class and, eventually prepare you better for your final exam.

Presenter: Kiyana Kiel – California Western School of Law

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Becoming an Expert Learner

Learn the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one's understanding and performance. To become an expert learner, you need to learn to think about how you think, and think about how you learn.

Presenter: Nicole Lefton – Hofstra University School of Law

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Advanced Note Taking

Do you know what note taking methods work best for you? Are you confident you know what to write down from class lectures? Professor Laura Mott help you perfect your law school note taking, as she gives you tips and tricks and helps you decide what is important.

Presenter: Laura Mott – CUNY School of Law

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How to Take Notes Like A Pro!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Join Professor Laura Mott and students for a Q&A on how to take the best notes for your exam! This session will be recorded.

Presenter: Laura Mott – CUNY School of Law

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Outlining: Putting it all Together

Professor Toni Miceli will teach you how to consolidate your class notes and start synthesizing your materials, or “outline.” This is a key element in the study process, and will help you start to prepare for exams.

Presenter: Toni Miceli – St. Louis University School of Law

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Practicing to Learn: Using Multiple-Choice

Learn why legal multiple-choice questions are different, as well as the best ways to practice and learn from those practice questions, since after all, practice makes progress.

Presenter: Susannah Pollvogt – LSAC

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Exam Preparation

Get guidance on how to best prepare for exams, from how and when to practice, to how to prepare on the day of the exam in a way that ensures you maximize your points!

Presenter: Melissa Hale – LSAC

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Issue-Spotting for Exams

For many law students, spotting issues in law school exams is one of the most difficult things to master. However, it’s difficult to succeed on an exam if you don’t spot all the issues. Let Professor Kris Franklin take you through the process step-by-step!

Presenter: Kris Franklin – New York Law School

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The “A” in IRAC

The A, or Analysis, in IRAC is usually where you can pick up most of your points, and it’s typically where most students struggle. Professor MaryAnn Herman will guide you through that process, just in time for your final exams!

Presenter: MaryAnn Herman – Duquesne School of Law

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Receiving Feedback

Receiving feedback that is critical can be hard and knowing what to do with that feedback can be even harder. Susanna and Melissa will talk about what to do with negative feedback, and how to turn it into a positive experience.

Presenters: Susannah Pollvogt – LSAC; Melissa Hale – LSAC

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Legal Analysis Boot Camp

Lawyers are problem-solvers, which is the reason why much of what you will be learning in law school emphasizes solving problems like a lawyer. Specifically, lawyers use inductive and deductive reasoning to find the answers to legal questions. In this course, you’ll be guided through the process of solving a series of legal questions so you can begin to establish this crucial skill before your first day of law school. You’ll be able to practice what you learn by applying legal writing and analytical skills to a practice law school exam adapted from the Multistate Performance Test, created by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The practice exam is followed by a guided review of a sample answer and scoring rubric so that you understand how to improve your writing and analytical skills.

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Welcome to Legal Analysis Boot Camp!

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

In this webinar, we’ll introduce you to the core program components of the Legal Analysis Boot Camp and allow ample time for Q&A. This session will be recorded.

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Hear From the Students

Current law students share how strengthening logical reasoning skills helped them on their law school exams and in job placement.

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Introduction and Learning Outcomes

In this brief module, we’ll explain the goals and learning outcomes of Legal Analysis Boot Camp and what you can expect from the program.

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What Is a Rule of Law?

Rules of law form the backbone of legal analysis. In this module, you’ll learn the definition of a rule of law and how to recognize one.

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An Introduction to Deductive Reasoning (IRAC)

Learn how to use the IRAC (Issue-Rule-Application-Conclusion) method to better understand cases and structure your answers on law school exams.

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The Components of a Judicial Opinion

Judicial opinions are not narratives; they are functional problem-solving documents. Find out how to understand their components.

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Extracting the Rule of Law – Part 1

Learn how to identify and extract a rule of law from a judicial opinion.

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Extracting the Rule of Law – Part 2

Another opportunity to practice identifying and extracting a rule of law from a judicial opinion.

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Synthesizing a Rule of Law

Some rules of law are complete; others need to be put together piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle. In this module, you’ll learn how to do just that.

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Dissecting a Fact Pattern

“Fact patterns” are hypothetical scenarios you must analyze during law school exams. In this module, we’ll analyze the fact pattern used on the upcoming practice exam.

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Using IRAC to Generate Your Exam Answer

Learn and practice using the IRAC structure to draft answers to essay exams.

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Practice Exam

It’s time to try your hand at writing a law school exam answer!

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Reviewing Your Exam with a Sample Answer

How did you do on the practice exam? Let’s compare your answer to a sample answer and learn ways to improve your exam technique based on this comparison.

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Legal Analysis Boot Camp Wrap-Up

Thursday, July 21, 2022
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET

In the closing webinar, we’ll look at the sample exam answer in greater depth and answer your questions. This session will be recorded.

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Law School UnmaskedTM On Demand

Law School Unmasked introduces you to the full array of academic skills necessary for law school — from growth mindset to time management, to reading and briefing cases, to exam skills. You can revisit these lessons as often as needed during your first semester in law school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase Law School Success?

You can purchase a subscription through your LSAC LawHub account. (To log in, use the same username and password that you use for your LSAC online account.) 

Your subscription lasts for one year from the date of purchase. The first available program, Legal Analysis Boot Camp, starts on July 12, 2022. We encourage you to enroll in this program as soon as you subscribe. 

New programming will become available throughout the year. These programs are designed to provide you with the guidance and skills training you need at specific points in your 1L journey. We encourage you to enroll in each Law School Success program as it becomes available.  

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What does my subscription to Law School Success include?

Your subscription includes:

  • Educational programs to enhance academic performance, such as Legal Analysis Boot Camp, Law School: What You Really Need to Know, Becoming an Expert Learner, and more.
  • Exclusive events where you can ask the experts about succeeding in law school.
  • Professional training, such as the Modern Law Practice Certification, to develop professional skills and build your résumé.  
  • On-demand access to Law School UnmaskedTM.

Once you purchase Law School Success, you can enroll in the individual programs you’re interested in attending, such as Legal Analysis Boot Camp, and Law School: What You Really Need to Know. We recommend enrolling in each program as it becomes available. Every Law School Success program is designed to provide you with the guidance and skills training you need at specific points in your 1L journey.

I’m not able to join the live events; will you provide a recording?

Yes! All live events in Law School Success will be recorded and made available for your entire one-year subscription. 

Do I have to complete all the asynchronous learning modules?

You can complete as many or as few of the asynchronous learning modules as you like, but we recommend completing all learning modules. Each is designed to provide you with guidance and skills training that will help you do your best during 1L. Performing well in your first year of law school will open other opportunities for you during your legal education and professional journey. We want to help you do your best — in law school and beyond! 

Support for Law School Success

If you have questions about Law School Success or your LawHub account, please contact us at LSACinfo@LSAC.org.